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Types of Skin Rashes

Types of Skin Rashes

All types of skin rashes may or may not have the same causes and treatments. In this article, let's read about some of the most common ones that we can fall prey to.
Sujata Iyer
Last Updated: Apr 9, 2018
Our skin is subjected to numerous conditions in the course of our daily lives. For example, dirt, pollution, sun poisoning, etc. Our skin often faces these things without any major reaction. However, not everyone has such strong skin. Sometimes, our skin just gives in, and we develop different types of skin rashes. There are various symptoms and reasons why they occur. They may or may not be the same. Some of the most common skin rashes have been mentioned in the proceeding article. Let's find out what they are.

Different Types of Skin Rashes

As mentioned earlier, developing a skin rash can be due to many reasons. It could be due to over exposure to the sun, or simply an allergic reaction to something. You could develop a rash on your face, or on your legs. Itchy rashes are probably the most common diseases and disorders of the skin. While some may fade away with the right medication or local application, some may require prolonged treatment. So, take the necessary steps if you are diagnosed with a specific rash.

Rashes Caused by Viruses
When a person has a rash due to a viral infection, he may experience bumps all over the body. These bumps are red and itchy when formed. Gradually, they turn from the red, to a yellow, and finally a flaky brown as they fall off. The itchy rash, can often times be very painful for people. Visit a doctor if you have a doubt about any sudden eruptions on your body. Though they generally disappear within a fortnight, it's always better to have an expert opinion.
  • Chickenpox
  • Measles
  • Rubella
  • Roseola Rash
  • Shingles
  • Fifth Disease
  • Warts
  • Molluscum Contagiosum
Rashes Caused by Fungus
Another cause of rashes and other skin disorders are fungal infections. The major cause of fungal infections is coming in contact with people already having a rash, or from pets. Fungal rashes are red, and in the form of pustules. They are contagious, and the best way to avoid them is to have and maintain a very stringent hygiene routine. They are commonly mistaken for eczema, which requires a different treatment. Local applications work well for a fungal infection, but not without medical consultation.
  • Ringworm
  • Yeast Infections
  • Athlete's Foot
  • Jock Itch
  • Tinea Versicolor
Rashes Caused by Bacteria
Bacterial rashes are characterized by small pus filled boils which can be quite painful. They are most common among children, and can also arise due to simple negligence, like scratching an inflamed insect bite, not maintaining simple personal hygiene, etc.
  • Impetigo
  • Skin Abscess
  • Syphilis Rash
  • Strep Throat Rash
  • Lyme Disease
  • Cellulitis Infection Rash
  • Scaled Skin Syndrome
  • Scarlet Fever Rash
  • Malar Rash
Rashes Caused by Allergies
Another major reason, and probably the most common cause of skin rashes is an allergic reaction. Your body may not be able to adjust with certain conditions or substances. Developing itching and other types of rashes are the body's way of reacting to these irritants. There are various substances that you could be allergic to, and the boils, sores, itchy skin, flakes, etc. that manifest on your skin when you come in contact with them, are symptoms of these allergies. Given below are some of the allergic rashes that are most commonly seen and experienced:
  • Hives
  • Nettle Rash
  • Dermatitis
  • Allergic Eczema Rash
  • Hay Fever Rash
Rashes Caused Due to Other Reasons
Apart from these most widely known and experienced skin rashes, there are some other reasons for them too. Given below are some other ones, that you might want to read up on, if you think you're experiencing them.Though these different skin rashes may sometimes seem embarrassing to talk about, you must make it a point to visit the doctor if your symptoms persist. Timely help, if not taken, can make a simple rash develop into something more dangerous.